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Connor Fearon and his Carbon Process take Silver at the Aussie Enduro Champs

Words: Connor Fearon Photos: Kane Narrat

I was really excited for the Australian Gravity Enduro National Champs this year, it was being held at Fox Creek MTB trails which happen to be my local riding spot. I’ve ridden at this location since I was 10 years old and know the trails like the back of my hand. I usually race about two-three Enduro’s every year but unfortunately This year I had to miss out on Whistler EWS because of an injury. This would be the first time I got to race the new carbon process as well, which was exciting.

The format this year was eight stages spread over two days of racing. The first day was really hard because all four tracks were so physically demanding. The first stage had about a minute of all out sprinting at the bottom which toasted me for the whole day. It was mandatory to pedal up every liaison, which wasn’t actually to bad because the hill is only about 120 meters in elevation. That being said the liaison time frame was pretty tight so most of the racers where still exhausted from the stage before when they dropped in. The first day was good for me, I got two stage wins and two second places. I was sitting in the lead by four seconds coming into day two.

Unfortunately for me the guy in second place was none other than Troy Brosnan, who also lives locally and is probably one of the only guys to know the trails as well as I do. I knew he would be doing all he could on day two to bring back the time.

My four stages on the second day where all solid, there was a lot less pedalling and it was actually quite a bit more enjoyable. Troy ended up having a really good day and edged me out by just under three seconds after 17 minutes of racing. Third place was about 35 seconds back, which just shows how much it helped to know the trails like Troy and I.

Even though I didn’t win I was still happy with my result. I didn’t have to touch a single bolt on the Process all week and I’ve only just started feeling normal on my bike again after my hand injury which has been dragging on for months. Im looking forward to the Cannonball Festival in December at Thredbo and to race my downhill bike again, oh and to hitting some more EWS races next year!

Local Adelaide ripper Shelly Flood was also representing Kona, she rode her Process 134 onto the podium, finishing up in third after the two days of racing.

Connor Fearon bags another Top Ten World Cup result at Leogang

Thanks, in part, to a crazy start to the season the 2017 UCI DH World Cup is shaping up to be one of the more exciting events in recent memory, and Connor Fearon is right there in the mix. Just three rounds in he’s sitting comfortably in the top ten and despite the fresh names surrounding him, this is, without a doubt the fasted World Cup Field ever. On Sunday morning Connor rode to his third top ten result of the season, solidifying himself as a real contender this year. 

The course at Leogang had been drastically changed from recent years, changed from the course where Connor finished in second place. The rocks (and some roots) were now gone from the track and riders had to do battle on what some deemed as a pure bike park track, one rider even rode practice on hard tail to prove that point. The lack of technical features on the hill meant that times would be tight and any errors would be costly. Connor rode a consistent race run that was by no means conservative, but it was void of some of the risk and flair we’ve seen earlier this season from the guy many on the circuit believe to be the fastest corner destroyer in the business.

His days efforts would be rewarded with a solid 10th place, which see’s him now sitting eighth overall in the standings with four rounds to go. And if you like stats, this race marks ten World Cup events in a row where Connor has finished in the top 15, eight of those being in the top ten.

“I’m happy with how the weekend went. 10th is good, the track doesn’t suit me as well as it did a few years ago. There’s a lot less turns and fewer tech sections. The track is basically a flow track for 80% of it now. I think I was capable of a better result, I just didn’t risk it enough which you need to do on a easy track like this. But I’m leaving full of confidence and looking forward to Andorra.” Connor Fearon

After a conservative qualifying run that landed hin in the 55th spot Josh Button was ready to show everyone what he was made off and back up that amazing Cairns 5th place podium. Unfortunately for Josh, a heavy crash took away that chance, he stormed on like a trooper and managed to finish his race run, crossing the line in 73rd, more motivated than ever!

Magnus Manson, coming off some solid results Stateside, suffered a rotor bending crash in his qualifying run that meant his bike would not move, after bashing it into shape he managed to get it down the hill but not in enough time to make the top 80. It’s just a matter of time before Magnus pieces together an Elite World Cup event and reminds us of the speed and style we all saw when he was a junior. The guy was winning practice at Leogang thats for sure!